Trial delay likely in Fla. Facebook slaying case

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 29 2014 11:04:12 AM EST

Derek Medina appears in court.

MIAMI -

A delay is likely in the scheduled trial of a South Florida man accused of fatally shooting his wife during an argument and posting photos of her body on Facebook.

Defense attorneys for 31-year-old Derek Medina said at a hearing Wednesday the March 17 trial date is not realistic. Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny said she would probably delay the trial.

Medina has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the August killing of 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Medina's attorneys say he acted in self-defense.

Prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will seek the death penalty if Medina is convicted.

Police have testified that Medina told friends he would kill Alfonso if she ever cheated or threatened to leave. Medina told police she had threatened to leave him that day.

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